Charlotte ballpark to host 2014 minor league World Series

    Aside from its upscale neighborhoods, close knit communities, scenic beauty and favorable weather year-round, a benefit of living in the Queen City is its many opportunities to watch professional athletic competitions. In addition to the NFL's Panthers, NBA's Bobcats and the AHL's Checkers, local sports enthusiasts can enjoy watching the Knights – the city's Minor League Baseball team.

    Because of these unique offerings, over the years, many people have decided to get closer to their favorite teams and buy a house in Charlotte. Now, that trend may again be observed during the coming year, as the metropolitan area is slated to host a championship baseball game next September.

    With the finishing touches being put on BB&T Ballpark in Uptown, Charlotte Knights chief operating officer Dan Rajkowski announced that the stadium would be the site of the 2014 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, according to the Charlotte Observer. Instead of a lengthy series, the singular winner-take-all game – which pits the top teams from the International League and Pacific Coast League against each other – will be played on Sept. 16, 2014. The game will be televised nationally  on the NBC Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m.

    "Our goals from the beginning for BB&T Ballpark have been to provide the Knights with a first-class Triple-A facility and to utilize this ballpark for community events and to bring national attention to our city," said Rajkowski, according to the local news source. "We expect that we'll sell it out, and we expect it to be a great experience and are excited to share that with this city."

    Area residents, local economy stand to benefit
    Rajkowski went on to explain that the event could also provide a significant boost to Charlotte's economy, as thousands of spectators from around the state and country could plot a course to the Queen City next summer.

    "We haven't done an economic impact study, but we will be looking at that," he said, the newspaper reported. "We know that it's going to put people in hotel rooms that wouldn't normally be there. You're bringing in visiting teams that normally wouldn't be here, and the people that are coming here from around the country are going to be able to enjoy the amenities that this city has to offer."

    New stadium could find other uses in future
    While the minor league World Series may be the first notable occasion held at the new BB&T Ballpark, it certainly won't be the last.

    The 12,000-seat venue could be used to host conferences, concerts, receptions and other sporting events in the coming years, according to WFAE. Charlotte deputy city manager led the negotiations regarding the ballpark, and said he expects it to see more than 50 events per year. Representatives from the Knights have announced they intend to submit a bid to host the 2015 ACC baseball tournament.

    As anticipation builds for next year's playoff game, and mortgage rates remain well below historical norms, those looking to capitalize on current home prices may want to act fast. Whether hoping to buy or sell a house in Charlotte, individuals can benefit by working alongside Lodestone Real Estate. This local agency boasts an expert workforce of housing professionals who have helped hundreds successfully navigate the path to homeownership.

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